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RF-A is the world's premier tactical joint and coalition air combat employment exercise, designed to replicate the stress that warfighters face during combat sorties.

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, fly in formation during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 21-3, near Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2021. RF-A is the world's premier tactical joint and coalition air combat employment exercise, designed to replicate the stress that warfighters face during combat sorties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

RF-A is the world's premier tactical joint and coalition air combat employment exercise, designed to replicate the stress that warfighters face during combat sorties.

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron, and a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 912th Air Refueling Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, California, fly in close proximity during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 21-3, near Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2021. RF-A gives aviators an opportunity to hone the skills required in combat by providing training scenarios that replicate near-peer adversary tactics, techniques and procedures in a controlled environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

RF-A is the world's premier tactical joint and coalition air combat employment exercise, designed to replicate the stress that warfighters face during combat sorties.

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, flies during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 21-3, near Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2021. All RF-A exercises take place in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex as well as a portion of Western Canadian airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

RF-A is the world's premier tactical joint and coalition air combat employment exercise, designed to replicate the stress that warfighters face during combat sorties.

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, fly in formation during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-3, near Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2021. The F-15C Eagle is an all-weather, maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

RF-A is the world's premier tactical joint and coalition air combat employment exercise, designed to replicate the stress that warfighters face during combat sorties.

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, flies over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-3, near Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2021. The exercise has the assets, range, and support structure to train for joint and combined warfighting doctrines against realistic adversary threats, under safe and controlled conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

RF-A is the world's premier tactical joint and coalition air combat employment exercise, designed to replicate the stress that warfighters face during combat sorties.

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, awaits refueling during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 21-3, near Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2021. RF-A provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large-force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

RF-A is the world's premier tactical joint and coalition air combat employment exercise, designed to replicate the stress that warfighters face during combat sorties.

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 912th Air Refueling Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, California, prepares to refuel a figher jet during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 21-3, near Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2021. Each year, RF-A shapes scenarios to meet each unit’s specific desired learning objectives in order to prepare the next generation of armed forces personnel for 21st century combat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

RF-A is the world's premier tactical joint and coalition air combat employment exercise, designed to replicate the stress that warfighters face during combat sorties.

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, soars during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 21-3, near Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2021. RF-A takes place in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex which comprises approximately 77,000 square miles of military operations areas, special use airspace, and ranges dedicated to training the next generation of the combat Air Force and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

RF-A is the world's premier tactical joint and coalition air combat employment exercise, designed to replicate the stress that warfighters face during combat sorties.

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 912th Air Refueling Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, California, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 21-3, near Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2021. RF-A executes the world's premier tactical, joint and coalition air combat employment exercise, designed to replicate the stress that warfighters face during combat sorties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, fly in formation during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 21-3, near Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2021. RF-A is the world's premier tactical joint and coalition air combat employment exercise, designed to replicate the stress that warfighters face during combat sorties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)